Tote Win: £6.30 Tote Place: £2.60,1.10
Straight Forecast: £13.92 Exacta: £14.20 Swingers: 1&2:1.70 2&3:3.00 1&3:4.10
Jackpot: £42,367.46 carried forward to Exeter, 19th Nov, 0.5 winning tickets
Placepot: £99.40, Pool: £125820.49, 923.8 winning tickets
Quadpot: £34.80, Pool: £8243.94, 174.83 winning tickets
An emotional win for all concerned as KAUTO STAR rolled back the years to jump his rivals silly and land a fourth Betfair Chase. Ruby Walsh took the bull by the horns and sent the 11-year-old into a share of the early lead with Time For Rupert. Jumping better than that rival, he kept up a decent, if unspectacular gallop, and had most of his rivals off the bridle before leaving the back stretch for the final time. Despite a tendency to take off a long way from the fence, his jumping was fluent and there was no repeat of yesteryear as a fine jump at the last sealed the win. He had looked to be getting a little leg-weary before that fence but he picked up in fine style and was good value for his eight length win. He must surely bid for a fifth King George, although it will be interesting to see how he comes out of this hard race and it's also worth remembering that his trainer Paul Nicholls has also aimed the fellow Clive Smith-owned Master Minded, also a winner on the day, at the Kempton showpiece. Long Run was second, and connections will be far from disheartened with this comeback run. He jumped like a buck at his first few fences but then his fencing started to deteriorate at halfway, seemingly unnerved by Kauto Star ahead of him. He didn't look like falling but the errors halted his momentum and he was soon under pressure. To his credit he continued to battle away, and it's a mark of the horse that he still held a chance coming to the last. A stumbling landing there was the mark of a tired horse and he was no match there on for the winner. He'll also head to Kempton where he won last year and although the field might be stronger, he still looks the one to beat. Weird Al ran well in third, having been held up off the pace as at Wetherby. He crept closer turning in but didn't quite pick up the leaders and despite plugging on was unable to give any more. Connections will be delighted that he's now put two good runs together and given how far he beat Time For Rupert by today, you'd have to feel that it's improved form. Diamond Harry came next, but having looked a big danger before the turn for home, his effort seemed to peter out quite quickly. He stuttered into the first in the home straight and could not quite re-gather any momentum. He looked tired late on, which is no surprise given his absence, and if kept sound he can be a big player this year, although he might appreciate a slight drop in grade. Time For Rupert jumped abysmally. This was disappointing as he didn't seem to find one good stride all race. This might just be a class too high for him, but a more aggressive ride might help his fencing in future and connections should lower their sights for a confidence boost for his next race. Pure Faith was never a factor, soon dropping away in the rear, and was pulled up before five out. He isn't a good enough horse for this level and was lucky to bump into two below-par rivals at Aintree last month.